Cast: Kristen Stewart; Robert Pattinson; Taylor Lautner; Nikki Reed; Kellan Lutz; Billy Burke; Elizabeth Reaser; Ashley Green; Jackson Rathbone; Micheal Sheen; Dakota Fanning; Peter Facinelli.
Content Rating: PG 13 for sequences of violence, including disturbing images, some sensuality and partial nudity.
Director: Bill Condon.
After the birth of Renesmee, the Cullens gather other vampire clans in order to protect the child from a false allegation that puts the family in front of the Volturi.
I really enjoyed this. The story benefited a lot from real conflict this time; a wonderful change from the Edward-Bella-Jacob love-triangle that has dominated the rest of the series.
And like all Twilights, it has both pros and cons:
The dialogue is weak and the script is mediocre. Despite some awkward and very bad CGI – like the baby Renesmee - the cinematography is admittedly decent, and there are strong and ultimately gorgeous presentations of family, friends, and marriage. Although the film starts off slow, the conflict is stronger and the tension builds to satisfying conclusion.
The acting is pretty much the same. Taylor Lautner is awful – reinforcing the fact that he CANNOT act to save his life – Robert Pattinson is very good (I was really impressed with his performance) and Kristen Stewart - now a gorgeous vampire - is actually rather decent; although NOT when she’s acting angry or “thirsty”, in which case she’s inconsistent and comes across very fake. Unfortunately, Bella as a vampire is also completely un-relatable, and coupled with her frequent bad acting, she definitely isn’t much of an improvement from her usual human self; although the one good thing is that she actually fights this time, and isn’t such a damsel.
The supporting cast are the same as always – nods go to Billy Burke for being one of the best things about this series – but the real highlight is the awesome international cast that make up the Cullens’ vampire friends. Unfortunately, it’s these good actors – including Michael Sheen and Dakota Fanning who play members of the Volturi - who get the small parts, yet they shine brilliantly whenever they are allowed some screen time.
Undoubtedly, the epic end battle is the one thing that glows in this final Twilight. Essentially, it’s exciting and emotionally gripping, with great acting from the supporting cast and Robert Pattinson. But despite being a great battle, it has flaws that most Twihards will probably miss, but anyone else not completely won over by the franchise will certainly not. The emotion is on point, thankfully, but the choreography is disgustingly stilted and slow, while acting from the leads (with a few exceptions) is frequently bad. Ashley Green – with the spotlight on her character Alice and her mate Jasper for a fair amount of time – acts shockingly badly with inconsistent, half-hearted emotion. This is very disappointing, considering the strength of her character and the fact that Alice’s vampire husband gets killed; she simply should be delivering more. Unfortunately, this made me take Green’s whole performance in the Saga into account, and conclude that she holds together a decent performance until emotion or depth comes her way; in just case, she fades out and comes across milky and halfhearted. The emotional scene with Jasper’s death required a strong reaction, and she ultimately failed that one.
The Saga does wrap up beautifully. We get gorgeous flowers, pretty words, and beautiful flashbacks to Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years”; our two gorgeous leads sit in the meadow and kiss with chemistry, finishing off the Saga perfectly.
As a side note, Breaking Dawn Part 2 is literally telling us all to become vampires because heck, looks are all that matter and if it comes at the price of drinking blood, why not? I have to say they’re off on that one, but becoming vampires is kinda not an option, so I’ll stop worrying.
I give it: 3 and a half flowers!
I give it: 3 and a half flowers!